state workers en Il late on more than one billion dollars in health insurance payments <p></p><div>The department in charge of state employee benefits says Illinois is more than a billion dollars behind on its health insurance payments. IPR’S Chris Slaby reports.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Doctors have to wait as long as a year after they provide health care to a state worker before they're reimbursed by the state. Marcia Armstrong is a liaison between the state's Central Management Services and the Illinois legislature. She says the insurance backlog totals one-point-six billion dollars now -- and could jump another 200-million by the summer.</span></p><p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 12:02:43 +0000 Denise Molina 4125 at New proposal would make income tax increase permanent <div class="content"><p>The Illinois income tax increase would be made permanent in the latest proposal to fix the state's underfunded pension systems. The increase, from 3 percent to 5 percent, was set to begin easing back in 2014.</p><p>But Representative Lou Lang, a Democrat from Skokie, says the state can't afford that. He says Illinois taxpayers didn't create the pension problem, but it's a problem they're stuck with.</p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 00:16:41 +0000 Deborah Oldenkamp 1293 at